Faculty Profile: Daniel Coffman

Daniel Coffman

Daniel A. Coffman, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School (2001) in Humanistic & Transpersonal, Clinical Inquiry, and Health Studies;

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies from John F. Kennedy University (1987) in Research Methods, Counseling Psychology, and Health Education;

B.Ph. from The Pennsylvania State University (1983) in Psychology & Philosophy (majors) and Mathematics & Physics (minors);

BCIA certified in Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology since 1987. BCIA-Senior Fellow status conferred in January 2004.

Dr. Coffman is a licensed psychologist in CA specializing in behavioral medicine. His research interests are focused on: outcome assessment of programs in personal development; the impact of coping skills training on health behaviors; the influence of personality style on learning; and psychospiritual development. His expertise is in research methods, philosophy of science, and applied psychophysiology. ""

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D., Psychology, 2001, Saybrook Graduate School.

M.A., Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies, 1987, John F. Kennedy University.

B.Ph., Psychology & Philosophy (majors), Mathematics & Physics (minors), 1983, Pennsylvania State University.

Current Projects and Professional Activities

 In addition to teaching, I am a licensed psychologist in private practice. I also work in a multidisciplinary pain medicine clinic in northern California, where my clinical focus is mind-body therapies, behavioral medicine, and applied psychophysiology for chronic pain patients. I've been BCIA certified since 1987.

Important Conference Presentations

Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Invited Professional Conference, Palo Alto, CA, February 2004.

"The Transformational Apperception Technique (TAT2) - A new tool for Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonal Research."


Research Interests

My research interests include: Outcome assessment of programs in personal development; Personality changes accompanying successful self-regulation training; The impact of coping skills training on health behaviors; Effective learning strategies - skill-development and cognitive modeling; The impact of personality and information processing styles on learning; The influence of comportment, competence, and flow experience on personal transformation.

Research Expertise

My expertise in research methods encompasses quantitative and qualitative methods. I have an extensive research background in a variety of settings over the past 25 years, including university research, private consulting, and education. I am particularly interested in developing a person-centered research model using case-based approaches that respects the uniqueness, authenticity, and sacredness of human experience.


Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

As a graduate of Saybrook, I have found that I can be of assistance to students in managing courses, research, and essays toward completing their dissertation in an expedient and strategic way.

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling